Mike Fewster

Lives in Australia Adelaide, Australia
Joined on Oct 13, 2003
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Sony A900, Nex 5, Nex 5n, Rx100, Minolta 5D, Minolta a2, Minolta G4, Konica hexar, Minolta XD7, Mamiya C330, Kodak 290Z

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It looks rather similar to the Sony semi mirror design that they use in their A mount cameras that also combines mirrorless with a semi mirror and pdaf focussing. So similar that it is a bit hard to see what the excitement is about or why it should get a patent.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2016 at 04:51 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies

I think this shows Sonys strategy is working brilliantly. Get a solid foothold in the high end away from the lower end that is falling off from phone competition. This will give less unit sales but more profit. A lot of the unit loss will be in the low end models, not the top end models that seem to be bucking camera trends by growing. Sell lots of sensors to phone makers as well as camera makers. The sensor volume sales underwrite the R&R that has helped establish the Sony presence as a major photographic player and look likely to continue to give Sony an innovation edge.

Link | Posted on Oct 29, 2015 at 22:10 UTC as 34th comment

The mirrorless design just keeps getting more and more cred. Bit by bit (so to speak) public awareness and acceptance grows. The big winner from this release is Sony.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2015 at 20:38 UTC as 61st comment
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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jonny1976: the difference between a lei q and sony is that after one year you bought both the leica is worth stil 3/4 of price the sony not even half, like any other sony product.
that's why eBay is loaded with a7 sony rx1 that cost much less than their original price, even the a7r2 can be found at 500 dollar discount already?
maybe they not sell like anybody is saying.

technically good camera, when it will cost 1400 in a year or something more it will be interesting to buy. i don't like the ergonomic, the grip is ridiculous and the rec button is where you put your finger.

Jonny you clearly have never held an RX1 or followed them and their prices. The RX1s are all hand assembled and individually calibrated to tolerances way beyond factory assembled cameras. Second hand their value recently has actually been increasing. My biggest regret about the new model is that the used prices will probably start to fall now and I will have to sell mine to get the new model.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 06:47 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)
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Nick932: I know that the liking/looks is a personal opinion but looks quiet ugly with this pop evf periscope. It is almost humorous. Even though Leica Q is slightly larger looks a million times better without this evf periscope. 130 x 80 x 93 mm vs 113 x 65 x 72 mm

Nick. One of those people who buys Leica on their look. Do you prefer the snake skin covered special models or the gold plated Leica special models?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 06:43 UTC
On article Second time lucky? A closer look at Sony's new RX1R II (543 comments in total)

This thing is arguably a bargain.
The RX1 cameras are hand assembled and individually tested and calibrated. The mounting of lens to sensor works to tolerances factory assembled cameras can only dream of. The precision of that pairing is part of the secret of the incredible IQ of the RX1 (R). To get better you need either MFT or absolutely the very best glass available on the very best pro level FF you can find. And even then it is highly doubtful that the IQ will be better. You just don't get that precision on an interchangeable camera. Now compare the weight/size of that glass and camera. Now compare the price. And you can carry it around in a (largish) pocket. It is no wonder that the RX1 s have the cult like following they have with owner after owner saying it is the best camera they have ever owned.
No, it isn't the camera for sports and birding and wild life.
The overall build quality is outstanding. My Leica friends are much impressed with its build. Even check the cap.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 06:36 UTC as 23rd comment
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Biological_Viewfinder: Every camera company in the world expresses themselves with the output of their cameras.

If Sony is manipulating raw files, it's probably because they are controlling the output for artistic reasons.

Coming from Olympus, Fuji, and Nikon; all my cameras have always worked differently. My D800e was significantly different in the output from my D300 or D200. The reasoning isn't just the sensor; it's how the company wants the camera to perform.

Sony is probably just more obvious in how they do it. But when I look at a Sony image, I'm so impressed with the appearance of their noise. In other cameras, it always looks like someone sneezed on the picture. It just looks horrible. Noise in images is usually not welcome, but the artistic way that Sony deals with noise is welcome to me.

But reality is that *EVERY* camera company controls output. It might not be compressed twice, but it is certainly how they want it to look. Sony controls their output too. And that's all this is. Nothing more.

Perhaps we should be looking at the advantages of what Sony is doing. And they are real. We could then discuss whether the pluses outweigh the minuses or not. Camera files are now very big. This causes problems right along the image production chain from processing time and storage issues. Sony performance clearly benefits from this in some areas. Given how few shots are affected by IQ issues and just how small the iQ problems are, I kind of think on balance the positives outweigh the negatives. All cameras are compromises to some extent (or we would all be carrying around huge, cumbersome devices.)
I'd like to some some analysis of gains v losses but being able to switch between the two would be OK. I'd bet that most users would use the Sony compressed RAW almost all of the time.

Link | Posted on Sep 2, 2015 at 21:28 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (455 comments in total)
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CanonKen: No matter how cheap and small they make a FF body, the issue is lenses that match in size. I have an a6000 with the 16-70mm f/4 - and it is a small, light, delightful kit. If I try a 24-70mm or 24-240mm on the a6000, it becomes borderline unusable.

There is a place for a FF camera (mainly, FF lenses), and there is a place for an APS-C system.

Of course, one argument could be simply to use APS-C lenses on a FF body when you want to travel light, but that is not the most elegant solution.

I think the lens size is being addressed. One of the likely spin offs of curved sensors (Sony patent) would be smaller lenses. Higher iso is reducing the need for faster lenses. Dof can be done in camera electronically and with image stacking. And so on. Smaller lenses are likely to be one of the big new photographic directions over the next few years. Another reason for being very very wary of buying into any camera/brand in the belief that you are buying a long term system.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 00:54 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (455 comments in total)
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Mike Fewster: Sony's strategy seems to be working well. The smaller formats are decreasing under pressure from camera phones. Sony has had toes in the water with camera phones/ apsc/compact cameras and FF. They are reading the market requirements and focusing accordingly. Serious photographers are likely to be shifting to larger formats. Plenty of people still want smaller format cameras between FF and camera phones, but it is a decreasing market.
To be taken seriously as a photography name, you need high end models that are seen as leading products. Lesser models piggy back on that reputation. Three years ago, people would ask what camera I used and respond with disbelief when I said "Sony". No longer. The landscape is changing.
I think Sony will come out with a medium format model in the next couple of years. The future for camera makers is to establish in areas that are beyond the quality that camera phone type devices can deliver (and they are catching up fast.)

"All ten of you :-) :-) Sad to say, Very Serious Photo Enthusiasts are disappearing :-( And I wouldn't want to be a Wedding or Event photographer today."

You think Sony haven't been adding up the numbers? You can be very sure that Sony has been reading the sales numbers for their different market segments. One of the problems for all camera manufacturers is that the technology is changing and developing so fast that the kind of "lens map" future direction program that makers used to have no longer makes sense. You don't want to be tied to a format that is likely to be irrelevant the year after next. Sony is riding the technology wave with an eye to still being here in ten years time.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2015 at 00:46 UTC
On article Sony reportedly shifting focus to full-frame cameras (455 comments in total)

Sony's strategy seems to be working well. The smaller formats are decreasing under pressure from camera phones. Sony has had toes in the water with camera phones/ apsc/compact cameras and FF. They are reading the market requirements and focusing accordingly. Serious photographers are likely to be shifting to larger formats. Plenty of people still want smaller format cameras between FF and camera phones, but it is a decreasing market.
To be taken seriously as a photography name, you need high end models that are seen as leading products. Lesser models piggy back on that reputation. Three years ago, people would ask what camera I used and respond with disbelief when I said "Sony". No longer. The landscape is changing.
I think Sony will come out with a medium format model in the next couple of years. The future for camera makers is to establish in areas that are beyond the quality that camera phone type devices can deliver (and they are catching up fast.)

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2015 at 23:58 UTC as 66th comment | 5 replies
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1115 comments in total)
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Johannes Zander: Very nice camera. I like it.
Now if Sony would build somthing like a digital minolta CLE with M mount! How about that?

That's really not so. A key factor of the emounts has been that they take just about any lens ever made. The new A7r11 is specifically made to take Canon glass. Your info on what happened when (and why) Minolta virtually gave their camera division to Sony is also way off the mark.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:50 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1115 comments in total)
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SanPedro: First time I've actually thought 'Hey that Leica looks good value'
How much is a stand alone Summilux? A quick Google suggests $2000 - $4000, depending on focal length and aperture.

So that's a whole camera for the same price as a lens. Sounds like a good deal to me.

And he spec is good. FF, fast lens, quality EVF, exposure compensation dial, high quality LCD, compact size. This addresses all the issues people had with the X cameras.

I still can't afford one, but it's a lot more affordable than an M. Brings the dream a little closer. Thanks Leica.

Leica lens may be an investment but their digital bodies are not.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 21:46 UTC
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bluevellet: My only two issues with this camera is the price and the 28mm focal lenght (a bit too wide for general photography). But aside from that, it looks like a more desirable camera than the RX1. It can't focus as bad as the Sony one, that's for sure.

Not in my quite extensive experience with an RX1. No, I'd accept that it isn't the fastest focussing in lower light, but it is still very usable. And its manual focus is fine. If you understand focus zones and use the excellent on screen distance scale and manual focus, you can manage pretty well any focus situation fast and comfortably. What's the bet that the rather odd 28mm focal length is there because it makes af seem faster

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 12:37 UTC

The Leica is going to sell a lot of Sony RX1s. It is already directing attention
back to that camera Pick up an RX1, the build quality is at Leica levels. Would you prefer a 27 mm or a 35mm lens on a fixed focal length camera? Check the IQ of an RX1, only the very best large bodies pro FF with the very best glass are with it. Now compare the price of the Sony and the Leica.
Then there is the rumoured replacement for the RX1. If rumours are correct, it will have the new patented curved Sony sensor which should be a technological breakthrough in terms of size/cost IQ. I'd probably buy the RX1 in prefeernce right now but there is now way I'd buy the Leica until I had seen the new RX1.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 01:37 UTC as 60th comment | 5 replies
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Billy Chiu: The autofocus of the Leica Q is much faster than the Sony RX1? Please confirm.

The faster focussing than the RX1 seems debatable. I much prefer the 35 focal length of the RX1 to the 27mm of the Leica. I'm guessing but 27mm seems a very odd length a fixed lens camera. I think it's a fair bet that Leica has gone 27mm because it is a little easier to get faster af with a wider angle. The build quality of the RX1 is superb, right up there with Leica.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 01:24 UTC
On article Huawei Honor 6 Plus comes with three 8MP cameras (41 comments in total)

What happens if this dual lens technology is used with bigger lenses on bigger cameras? Better IQ with dof adjustable PP? Selectable focus point PP. Better dynamic range. Faster AF. Sharper shots with cheaper lenses. It would be fascinating to see a compact sized dedicated camera using this technology.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2014 at 00:14 UTC as 6th comment

We have the same issue in Australia. Paid permits are required for pros. It makes me angry. I don't object to paying to enter a park and I accept that keeping parks the way I want them to be kept costs $ and so I am prepared to pay to enter. But an extra cost to take photos of what I have already paid to enter to enjoy!!!!!
I see this as a different issue however to some of the photographic restrictions here because of cultural significance to the original owners. I understand and go along with those.

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2014 at 22:59 UTC as 33rd comment
On article Sigma USB Dock quick review (145 comments in total)
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keepreal: This is another example of technology getting out of hand. As I went digital, I had to familiarise myself with all sorts of concepts only to subsequently dispose of most of them, like having twenty two subject modes, none of which are needed for serious photography where the camera operator still knows what he is doing and remains in control.

I am not saying that this Sigma device is unnecessary, just that it ought to be in the labs of manufacturers. If one is using high quality equipment where fine tuning to this degree makes sense, for the exorbitant amounts one has to pay, let them get it right before the user gets to buy anything or, if we are talking about an option like adjusting the autofocus seek range, let them build that into the camera to adjust, where it should be in the first place, so that one is not stuck with one setting per shooting session.

Everything now is becoming so unnecessarily complicated that soon you will need training just to suck eggs.

OEM lenses on pdaf cameras have exactly the same problem. To really nail AF you need to calibrate them to the particular camera as well.
I'd have thought however it ought to be possible to improve this device by running the cable to the camera (with the lens attached) and calibrating actual shots on a test chart. It would save a lot of messing around.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2013 at 08:27 UTC
On article Aptina signs patent cross-license agreement with Sony (30 comments in total)

I agree that this is really significant news. Add Aptina high speed Af technology to Sony DR leadership and you can see what is in it for both companies. I agree that Canon is falling off the sensor development pace.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2013 at 04:13 UTC as 11th comment
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